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service? this is a new law. it's time for lawmakers to put politics aside and focus on the real national security interest of the country. joining me now is senator ben cardin, democrat from maryland and member of the committee on foreign relations. senator, thank you for being here tonight. >> thank you. >> let me ask you, is it appropriate to use the 1998 bombings to criticize susan rice over what happened in 2012? >> no. the republicans are trying to make controversy where controversy is not really there. ambassador rice should be judged by her record. her record at the united nations as the ambassador for the united states. she is world renowned known as a great diplomat. she's represented our country very well. she should be judged on her record. >> now, senator, your colleague, senator collins, also accused ambassador rice of playing a political role in the benghazi aftermath today. listen to her criticism here. >> i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election
. but at the same time, richard, boehner seems to be laying down the law with this house republican caucus. he stripped four house members of committee seats, presumably because they bucked the party on key votes. three of those congressional members were elected during the tea party victory in 2010. >> yeah, look, reverend, it's not his legacy on the line here. it's his job on the line here. one of the problems he's had all the way through is he's had eric cantor hyped hbehind him poised challenge him for the leadership. he has to play a difficult game here where he has to assert his leadership, not expose himself too much to that challenge. that makes actually negotiating with him extremely difficult. republicans have to decide who they are, what they stand for, other than opposing everything that the president does, other than supporting every single tax cut that anyone could ever support. that's easy, right? now that they've lost, they have to decide who they are. and in the house they have to decide which leader they want. is this john boehner's caucus? is it eric cantor's caucus? negotia
. they have managed to defy the laws of political gravity in that respect for basically the first four years. their idea is the normal idea of political gravity is that we have to go back to our districts and campaign on something. we have to tell them things that we have done and they have been relatively successful in not obeying that. the question is, does this election change their mind of what their incentives are? >> this is one of the basic rules of american congress, congress vote yes. up don't need to know what the topic or bill is. they tend to move legislation forward. but the very fact that they are a do nothing congress may work in the president's favor. it's the dominant strategy in this particular came. >> that's why it's so clever, right? the way they've set this up is to exploit the biggest weakness of the republican obstruction which is the thing that they are best at doing is doing nothing. >> the problem is, they have defied political gravity. they did not defy election gravity. they lost. >> chris hayes, melissa harris-perry, thanks. have a great weekend and be sure to c
they say that with a straight face? meantime, over in wisconsin, a voter i.d. law was rejected by the courts but today the incoming assembly speaker was asked if it would be worth changing the constitution. he replied, quote, yes, i would favor that. over in north carolina the president of a conservative group ask preand that governor pat mccrory will sign, will establish a photo i.d. law like last year. like i said on election night, the fight goes on. they will keep coming but we'll be ready. we've come too far to stop fighting for our voting rights now. i gave birth to my daughter on may 18th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. >>> you may not know frank luntz's name but you definitely know his work. he was the pollster behind newt gingrich's lie of the year in 2010 and as a fox contributor, he's a fox news regular. >> pollster frank lentz, thank you for joini
benefits you get after the health care law. open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare. >>> we let a lot of colorful characters during the presidential campaign. but one really got his face out there. i'm talking about this young man. his name is eric hartsburg. he's such a big romney fan he wanted everyone to know it. look at that beautte. the tattoo is coming off. he thinks romney is a sore looser with those gift comments. here's what he told politico. he's pretty shameful as far as i'm concerned. man, there's no dignity in blaming somebody else for buying votes and paying off people. i can't get behind that or stay behind that. and it's not just the tattoo man. jon huntsman told the gop primary barriers to quote, to entry were pretty damn low. mike murphy says, we repel latino, the fattest growing voter group in the country, with our nativist opposition to immigration reform that offers a path to citizenship. we repel younger voters, who are much more secular than our parents, with our opposition to same-sex marriage and our skoldi
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